It may be the weekend, but that doesn’t mean the transfer rumors are taking a break. There’s plenty still going on, and while there aren’t any deals to report in today’s roundup, a few could be imminent.
Liverpool are reportedly preparing to make a big-money bid for Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, who had a stellar first season in Germany after his big move from Marseille last summer.
Rumor Rating: 2 – The report says that Liverpool could offer 20 million pounds for him, but given his importance to Bayern and what they paid for him (almost 17 million pounds) last summer, that likely wouldn’t be nearly enough to get him.
The Daily Telegraph says that Arsenal could be interested in swooping for Real Mallorca star forward Dani Guiza, who was La Liga’s top scorer this past season with 27 goals – none of which came from the spot. Guiza reportedly has a 15 million euro release clause, so he may not be out of Arsenal’s price range.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Even with the news that Eduardo da Silva could be back earlier than expected, Robin van Persie’s long-term fitness is still a question mark, Theo Walcott is still developing, and Nicklas Bendtner might not be the man Emmanuel Adebayor wants partnering him.
Sunderland are being linked with a potential move for Aston Villa’s Shaun Maloney, who hasn’t had the best of times in the Midlands, and could be on his way out for 4 million pounds.
Rumor Rating: 3 – Maloney had issues both with settling in and getting regular starts at Villa, but is his asking price a little much, given that it’s four times what they paid for him?
On a related note, Aston Villa are pursuing Steve Sidwell, but Chelsea are reportedly going to wait until a new manager comes in before a decision is made on the former Reading man’s future.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Maybe, just maybe, Sidwell will be rated higher by Roberto Mancini/Phil Scolari/Frank Rijkaard/Guus Hiddink than Avram Grant. And if he becomes a Chelsea star, well…
Villa, along with Tottenham, are looking to make a late move for Sampdoria defender Hugo Campagnaro, who could be on his way to Juventus.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Not a surprise to see Tottenham linked with him, is it?
Palermo midfielder Mark Bresciano, who had a move to Manchester City fall through last summer, says he’s still interested in making a move to England.
Rumor Rating: 4 – He was linked with Fulham in the winter, so this might give Roy Hodgson the push to make a move for him.
Gareth Southgate has dismissed the rumors linking young winger Adam Johnson with a move away from the club, saying that the 20-year old is a big part of his plans for the future.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Johnson has had some loan spells in the last couple of seasons, but after impressing in a spell at Watford last season, could be set to be a permanent part of Boro’s first team very soon.
It’s an abbreviated roundup today, but there’ll be plenty to report on come Monday, so chime in, chip in, and I’ll be back tomorrow.